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Deimler wins L-L bronze
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Tony Deimler felt like he had something to prove.
During the regular season, the Warwick senior wasn’t exactly happy with himself after suffering a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Cedar Crest’s Colin Muraika at number one singles in a Section One boys tennis match.
Deimler got a chance for redemption on Tuesday and didn’t waste it.
With the bronze medal at stake in the L-L League Flight One Triple-A Singles Tournament, the fourth-seeded Deimler turned the tables and pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 decision at Conestoga Valley High School.
"(The earlier loss to Muraika) gave me a lot of motivation," Deimler said. "I really let myself down in that match. I knew I was capable of more and I wanted to prove it today."
Besides improving his record to 11-4 on the season, Deimler also punched his first-ever ticket to the District Three Triple-A Singles Tournament, which get underway this Saturday, May 4.
"I’m more than ecstatic," Deimler said of qualifying. "This is my first time making it. I’m going to take every match at a time when I get there because there are a lot of players there who I’ve never played against before."
Muraika, the number three seed in L-L Flight One Singles, was one player that Deimler was familiar with. But Deimler took the first set 6-4 and then found himself tied 4-4 with the Falcons’ sophomore in the second. But the Warriors’ number one player ended it with back-to-back wins.
"My serve was definitely a factor and there were times where I got a little inconsistent on my ground strokes," Deimler said, "but I bounced right back on the next game, so it kept me in it and kept my momentum going."
Asked how he felt about taking 3rd, he said, "It was excellent. There’s no shame in that. I was very proud about how I played today."
Last Thursday, Deimler was battling sickness, but dug deep to dispatch of Manheim Township’s Bobby Belser in the first round, 6-2, 6-3 and then he showed some grit while coming away with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) decision over Manheim Central’s Kaiser in the Flight One Triple-A quarter-finals.
After getting Friday to try and recover, Deimler then set his sights on upsetting top-seeded Derek Hagino of Hempfield in the semi-finals on Saturday, forcing the first set to a tiebreaker. Hagino, though, held on for a 7-6 (7-4) win and then punched his ticket to the finals with a clinching 6-1 win.
"I got off the court (Thursday) and I was sweating, but I was shaking cold-wise," he said. "I stayed home from school Friday trying to get better and on Saturday I felt better and gave it my all that first set and then I just ran out of gas the second set. But there’s no need to make excuses – Derek played excellent."
In other action, Warwick’s fourth-seeded Luke Newberry overcame an early deficit against Lancaster Catholic’s Tommy Slotcavage in the Flight Two quarter-finals, rallying from a first-set 6-1 loss to win the next two, 6-4, 10-8. His run, though, ended in the semi-finals, dropping a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Hempfield’s top-seeded Tommy Athey.
Caleb Setlock represented Warwick in the Flight Four singles brackets, but he got a tough draw in the opening round and dropped a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Conestoga Valley’s top-seeded Nathan Amspacher.
Meanwhile, Deimler and Newberry weren’t only making some noise in their singles matches for the Warriors. Those two paired up in Flight One Triple-A double as the fifth-seeded team, and they got a win under their belt by defeating Penn Manor’s Mitch Haag and Alex Davis, 6-2, 6-0. But CV’s duo of Mast and Esch ousted them with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals.
Ethan Quinn and Brian Dieterle competed in Flight Two doubles, where they suffered a 8-1 loss to Lancaster Mennonite’s Derstine and Sauder.
Setlock and Chase Henry gave Conestoga Valley’s Finger and Comeaux all they could handle in Flight Three doubles, but came up barely short in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (8-6).
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